iPhone 5 release to see iPhone 3GS removed from sale

Ahead of the iPhone 5 release date, new reports have suggested Apple will finally scrap the iPhone 3GS making the 8GB iPhone 4 its new entry level smartphone offering.

Despite having launched way back in 2009, the Apple iPhone 3GS is still currently available through a number of networks, with the now somewhat dated device able to be snapped up for free on £20 per month contracts or on a SIM free basis for just £319.99.

Seemingly set to spell the end for the rounded-backed iPhone, the 8GB iPhone 3GS is said to be heading for the scrapheap with the 8GB iPhone 4 to undergo a further price drop to cover Apple’s entry level iPhone needs. In order to appease mid-range consumers, Apple is expected to launch a new 8GB iPhone 4S alongside the iPhone 5 to meet the needs of a full user base and all price points.

Citing ‘sources close to retailers’ the Telegraph has suggested Apple will finally halt sales of the iPhone 3GS later this month with a September 21st iPhone 5 release date reportedly on the cards following next Wednesday’s confirmed September 12th iPhone 5 launch event.

With Apple on the verge of ending the recent run of iPhone 5 rumours, it is expected that the company’s sixth-generation smartphone will land with a new, larger, 4-inch Retina display, making the jump from the brand’s current 3.5-inch form factor.

As well as a larger display, Apple is believed to have given the iPhone 5 a complete design overhaul with the formerly glass-backed finish making way for a new, signal boosting metal finish and a slimmer body. Helping cut down the millimetres, the iPhone 5 is set to see Apple do away with its longstanding 30-pin dock connector standard in favour of a new, faster, smaller 9-pin offering.

Elsewhere, in a bid to bring the fight to the Samsung Galaxy S3, recent leaks have suggested the iPhone 5 will feature a quad-core A6 processor whilst the handset’s trademark white earbuds are also set for a refresh.

Running the WWDC 2012 unveiled iOS 6 mobile operating system, the new Nokia Lumia 920 rival is believed to be heading to market with the customary improved camera optics and a revised audio offering that sees the standard 3.5mm audio jack repositioned to the handset’s base alongside larger, more powerful inbuilt speakers. A larger battery and increased battery life is also expected.

What would you like to see Apple incorporate with the iPhone 5? Will you be sad to see the iPhone 3GS removed from retail? Let us know via the comments boxes below or through the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds.

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